Arts On Line Education Update April 9, 2018


david bellDavid Bell
Co-Chair, Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education
Instructor, Miami University
Retired, Public School High School Choir Teacher

Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?

A: I grew up as a “PK” or “Preacher’s Kid.” My father was a minister and my mother was a Kindergarten teacher. As a child, I spent countless hours hanging around the church waiting for my parents to finish up meetings. Music was the part of that environment that first grabbed my attention as an overly-energetic, primary student. My mother had basic piano skills and we would often play duets together. My father also had music skills and, prior to my birth, played percussion in the West Point Marching Band during WWII.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

A: The moment that comes to mind was the first opportunity my high school students had to perform with Maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. We were on the program to perform and record the “Dedication and Wind Song,” from the Disney movie, “Mighty Joe Young,”  (Mega Movies, Telarc Digital, 2000).  As these students, many of whom had never before had the opportunity to visit Cincinnati’s Music Hall, stood on the stage preparing to rehearse with Maestro Kunzel, I realized that for the rest of their lives they would return to that special place, not as “guests,” but rather as “owners” of an irreplaceable musical memory and an intimate connection with a world-class orchestra. I realize now how brilliant Erich Kunzel, and his successor, John Morris Russell, are, to bring these students to the stage first as active participants, rather than passive audience members.

Q. How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?

A:  Since retiring from 35 years of public school teaching, I have been working with student teachers for the past four years at Miami University, Oxford, and teaching a class designed to improve student literacy through the musical and visual arts. I am also currently serving as Co-Chair for the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education. The GCAAE is an organization of the arts education administrators for Cincinnati area arts organizations, such as the Cincinnati Symphony, Ballet, Art Museum, Shakespeare Theatre, etc., formed to “advocate for the arts in people’s lives.” GCAAE is a pilot member of the Local Arts Education Network of the Americans for the Arts.

Q: Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.

A: I have always been intrigued by the power of sensory engagement, particularly in video games. Video games trigger neurological chemical responses that help to raise the level of engagement in processes that are often like learning processes that occur in the classroom. Recently, I have been investigating ways that we can capitalize upon neuro-sensory immersion to promote student engagement in the classroom. This is, undoubtedly, one of the great strengths of arts infusion in education and lesson planning.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

A: The choir director at our church, Rev. Paul Waters, was a talented organist who had graduated from Northwestern University and built an enormous choir program at the church where my father was assigned. The holidays were memorable times when all the singers would join together in one massed choir with brass, organ, hand bells, and percussion. Dr. Waters would conduct the combined forces of over 350 people by simply nodding his head while playing at the organ keyboard. It was a pivotal time when I learned the ability of music to overpower the spoken word and speak directly to the heart.

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?

A: One of the best tips I learned about advocacy was from a former Winton Woods City Schools Superintendent. Dr. Thomas Richey. As he was helping me to prepare to testify for the Ohio State School Board, he shared that his most effective approach was to figure out “who influences the influencers?” He taught me not to worry so much about directly influencing a legislator or elected official, but think about who influences them–it may be their spouse, their family, their staff, their funders, etc. Build a relationship with the person who influences the influencer and help them to see the value of strong arts education through your personalized lens.

Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you’d like to submit your information, or recommend an #artsed advocate to us, email



Nominations Open for 2019 Teacher of Year!

The State Board of Education is accepting nominations through Friday, April 13 for the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year awards. The Ohio Teacher of the Year award program identifies exceptional teachers statewide and celebrates their effective work in and outside the classroom. Awardees are part of a network of exemplary teachers who are engaged in school improvement initiatives. The board recognizes regional teachers of the year in each of the 11 board districts, and one Ohio Teacher of the Year.


Cleveland Plain Dealer: State school board has a new member: Avon Lake school board President Charles Froehlich

Avon Lake school board President Charles Froehlich is joining the state school board for the rest of this year to fill out the remainder of former board member Kathleen McGervey’s term. McGervey, of Avon, resigned in January, saying she needed more time to care for her mother. That left the remainder of her term, which runs to the end of the year, open.




April is the Month of the Military Child

Approximately 34,000 Ohio students are members of military families. Frequent moves and family separations brought about by deployments, as well as reintegration issues, can present special challenges for these students. Yet, because of their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events, military children can be an inspiration and a source of pride for our communities, schools and nation.


ODE Seeks Public Comment on Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education has released a working draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan for education for public comment. The plan is a tool to inform policy development at the Ohio Statehouse and education practice in Ohio’s schools. More than 150 preK-12 educators, higher education representatives, parents and caregivers, employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations worked collaboratively over the last six months to develop the plan.

There are two specific ways you can share your thoughts and inform the continued development of this plan:

  1. Review the full working draft or the highlights summary and respond to the companion survey between March 12 – April 13, 2018.
  1. Attend one of the regional community conversations to discuss the plan directly with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education staff.

Register now to attend a local meeting near you.

Auglaize County: April 11, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.

Brown County: April 12, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.

Hamilton County: April 17, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.




Updated Analysis on Sub. SB216
OAAE has published an updated analysis on SB216 (Huffman), the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act.  SB216 was passed by the Senate and is now with the House for committee hearings. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs and will eventually impact programs at institutions of higher education that prepare teachers.
These changes may affect teacher quality, the quality of the education programs in our schools, and especially the students, who deserve well-trained teachers in all their classes so that they can achieve at the highest levels.
Arts education advocates generally support the bill’s proposed changes in the teacher evaluation framework in Section 3319.112, including the elimination of shared attribution and student learning objectives for purposes of teacher evaluation.
However, there remain issues of concern to arts education advocates. One is whether the revised the grade band structure for which teacher licensure is received will effectively eliminate the future issuance of the multi-age, preK-12 teaching license. This is the teaching license by far most commonly held by Ohio’s professional pre-K-12 educators who are assigned to teach the specific disciplines of visual arts, music, dance, or theatre/drama. Sub.SB216 leaves this issue unclear, presenting a situation in which not only teacher licensure but also pre-service teacher training programs in institutions of higher education could be significantly affected.
Another issue is what teachers licensed under Sub.SB216’s proposed new preK-5 grade band will be certified to teach. More specifically, it is unclear whether the proposed preK-5 license will certify general educators to teach the arts in the way that the current preK-3 license does. Again, there are many implications here in the areas of pre-service teacher training in university degree programs, teacher hiring practices, and most important, the quality of teaching at all grade levels aligned with Ohio’s Fine Arts Content Standards. Such a certification could undermine the quality of arts education in Ohio.
A solution to these concerns would be an amendment to require that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multiage preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area. Teachers with the multi-age license in the arts can best provide age appropriate instruction, content knowledge, and professional expertise to guide students to achieve at the highest levels in the arts.



Monday, April 9

8:30 a.m. State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus


Tuesday, April 10

8:30 a.m. State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus

4:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

Ohio Statehouse Room 121

  • HB549 (Arndt) Require schools to open after Labor Day  1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
  • Unspecified legislation from Representative Duffey, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony Pending Introduction and Referral    
  • HB540 (Gavarone/Manning) Regards teacher evaluations  2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony  


Wednesday, April 11

3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee  Chair: Lehner

Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room

  • HB87 (Roegner) Address money returned to state from community school audit 1st Hearing, Sponsor
  • HB438 (Hambley/Kick) Address composition of educational service centers 1st Hearing, Sponsor
  • HB21 (Hambley) Party Verify community school enrollments 4th Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested 




Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: YOUR VIEW: Don’t change K-12 control in Ohio

“Proponents for converting control of K-12 education in Ohio from the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education to a new state agency overseen by an appointee of the governor have not persuaded the public that’s a good idea.  That is the strong indication of an online poll conducted last week in conjunction with opposing columns on the proposal outlined in House Bill 512.”





2018 AEP Annual Convening: Call for Session Proposals 

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1. 




NJartsedArts Education Data takes Center Stage in NJ

The New Jersey Arts Education Census Project has released its Summary Report detailing students’ access to art education around the state. Among the key findings of the report was that nearly all students (99.4 percent) in the state have access to arts instruction. Yet, only 11 percent of students have access to all four arts disciplines required by state code.   The full Census Summary Report is available online. The Census Project is a collaborative partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Arts Ed NJ, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, and Quadrant Research.




Module One: Program Development – Teaching Artist Preparedness

Presented by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in partnership with:
This program is now sold out, but you can click through on the registration link to sign up on the waitlist.
This two-day module is intended for working professional artists in all disciplines who are new to working as a teaching artist, and current teaching artists who would like to enhance or improve their knowledge and skills. This unique opportunity is recommended for artists with interest in working with the presenting partners as a roster teaching artist.
Participants who successfully complete Module One and the corresponding assessment piece will be awarded a digital badge representing their knowledge and competency in arts-integrated program development.
A digital badge provides evidence of achievement as a result of participation and specific accomplishments completed during and after each module. Digital badges may be included in an online portfolio and/or other micro-credentialing sites, such as Mozilla Backpack.
Areas of emphasis include:
  • Arts Integration
  • Youth Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Curricular Connections
  • Outcomes & Indicators
  • Strategies & Activities
Dates: April 19-20, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days
Location: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. Worthington, OH 43085
Cost: $50
To register visit:
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 6, 2018
Session Presenters:
David Schiopota
Director of Programs
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Emma Parker
Artistic Manager
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Ryan Upp
Resident Teaching Artist of Photography/Visual Arts
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Kara Stewart
Executive & Artistic Director
QUESTIONS? Call 216.561.5005 x23 or email
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

PD logoHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.


Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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